Psychodynamic counselling is an approach to therapy that has its intellectual roots in psychoanalysis. It is a model that uses psychoanalytic concepts to explain human growth and development, and the nature of psychological problems. There is an emphasis on exploring both unconscious conflicts and conscious difficulties.
Psychodynamic counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into relationship patterns – both with ourselves and others – which have evolved since childhood and may be continuing to cause concerns for clients. By exploring these issues the possibility of unresolved or problematic feelings within the therapeutic relationship, the psychodynamic counsellor and the client can begin to make sense of the client's current concerns. This opens the potential for insight and change, and thus enables clients to better manage their actions and responses in their day-to-day lives.
The therapeutic relationship in contemporary psychodynamic counselling is based on acceptance, empathy and understanding. All of our psychodynamic counsellors aim to establish a good working alliance that fosters trust within a safe environment.
If you would like to discuss whether you think psychodynamic counselling or sessions with one of our psychodynamic counsellors may be of benefit to you then do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss things further.